NEW: Video shows scene inside U.S. Capitol Visitors Center after reports of shots fired https://t.co/bHDh3FvqSA https://t.co/FQoB2AN6o3
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WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials have identified the man who opened fire inside the Capitol Visitor Center on Monday.
His name is Larry Dawson and he is reportedly from Tennessee, reports CNN.
In October, Dawson was arrested and charged after he allegedly assaulted a police officer after outbursts in the chamber of the House of Representatives.
According to CNN, the 66-year-old “loudly stated to Congress he was a ‘prophet of God.'”
Around 2:30 ET, police said the gunman attempted to go through the metal detectors at the Capitol Visitor Center entrance. When those magnetometers beeped, he was stopped by security and then pulled out a gun, pointing it at officers.
A Capitol police officer then shot him, sources told CNN.
It’s unclear how many officers opened fire, said Police Chief Matthew Verderosa.
Dawson was taken into custody and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
He is currently undergoing surgery.
Preliminary information suggests Dawson acted alone and does not have ties to terrorism.
A gun was recovered on the scene.
The Capitol complex was locked down for nearly an hour following the incident. The Senate Sergeant at Arms has told staffers and others to “return to normal operations.”
“Per USCP, shelter in place has been lifted and the Capitol is open for official business only. Capitol Visitor Center remains closed,” the Senate Sergeant at Arms tweeted.
No other suspects appear to be at large, according to a notice sent to Senate staffers.
“There has been an isolated incident at the U.S. Capitol. There is no active threat to the public,” the D.C. Police Department tweeted.
Police and firefighters swarmed the entrance of the visitor center, which is packed this week with tourists, spring break visitors and school groups.
Congressional staffers were sent a notice to shelter in place, instructing them to lock doors and move to assigned shelter areas. Those outside the buildings on the Capitol complex were told to “seek cover away from the area.”
Most lawmakers were away from the Capitol on Monday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is not currently in Washington, has been briefed on the incident, according to his spokesman.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in Louisville and his staff is safe, his spokesman said.
The White House was also briefly closed its North and South fence lines as a precautionary measure after the Capitol incident.